Abe, a fat, mid-30-something lives with his parents and works for his dad. Uncool and socially inept, he alternates between politeness and rage. Abe invents a reciprocal romance with the beautiful, overmedicated depressive Miranda. In his self-delusion, he proposes marriage. Shockingly, she accepts.
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The ending (and I will not give it away) will still haunt me. I walked out of the theater almost not wanting to interact with anyone after seeing this film. It was like I've seen a ghost. Solondz never ceases to amaze me, its always a risk when it comes to his style. His films of pathos and empathy for the underdogs of america really resonate this film about obsession and life.
Best feel bad movie I've seen this year! The acting was fantastic and the comedy was brutal but hysterical. The whole film felt like the perfect antidote to the whole Judd Apatow man-child craze and the actual realities of that phenomena. In all honestly it felt more like a tragedy than a comedy! The ending almost made me cry and I loved how he played with reality throughout the film. One of the best of the year!
A very welcome return for Solondz after the boring, tepid 'War During Lifetime'. This film eviscerates the popular "man child" comedies of the aughties and leaves the guts to rot in the sun. My only compliant is that Solodnz gives main character an easy out at the end. Selma Blair plays a role we have seem before, but she perfects it here. Christopher Walken plays one his best roles.
Never one to shy away from turning the microscope on brutal, uncompromising painful truths, Solondz here presents an uncompromisingly bleak setting [emotionally] for an ensemble of awkward characters for whom one can feel at least some empathy. Has some moving scenes.
Will you be mine?... The movie is intense as shit and even more uncomfortable than Happiness (though it doesn't have a father admitting to his son that he would jerk off to him). Here we see Solondz actually create a sympathetic lead character but doesn't water down anything! Funny, Moving, Brutal. Really a remarkable movie.
The least enjoyable of the Todd Solondz films I have seen, this still has enough moments (and an excellent cast) to make it worth a watch. It's just a shame that the lead character (Abe, played by Jordan Gelber) is the least likeable person onscreen.